Parson’s Indian Trading Post is a fascinating souvenir shop/Native American gift shop/Native American museum. It first opened in 1918 as an authentic trading post. And it’s much larger than it looks. Start in the building to your left, which contains most of the museum items. You’ll find things like a Blue Stroud Elk Tooth Dress, a hide scraper, Sioux baby hood and Cheyenne cradle. There’s even a hunk of silver ore from Idaho, and a piece of Mexican onyx. This building also contains a wide variety of beads, baskets and clothing. (Look for the porcupine-quill belt and see if you can discern the date crafted into it.)
The building on the right contains several spacious rooms selling souvenirs, Minnetonka moccasins, fine jewelry (including turquoise and silver items) and costume jewelry. More than 2,000 arrowheads are displayed in this building, plus 300 knives and an interesting set of circus wagons that were carved by a Circus World employee in the 1950s.
Make sure to take a photo of yourself by the teepee out front. At one point in time, visitors took more photos of this teepee than any other item in all of Wisconsin.